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Lifetime 60076 50 Gallon Compost Tumbler – Great device, a bit of a challenge to assemble

It looked like it was dropped out of a plane from 5000. The packaging was mangled, it looked like it was dropped out of a plane from 5000 feet but everything was there and in new shape. I assembled the composter in four hours and twenty minutes alone and taking my time. I did watch part of a u tube video but all he was doing was following the directions and assembling it in a normal way. One thing that i did was to take dish washing liquid and a small foam paintbrush and brushed a little on the panel tracks where the connectors slid on and they went on easily. Before i started filling the composter i cut a piece of heavy duty plastic bag and taped it over the locking mechanism to help to keep it from rusting and keep dirt out of the moving parts and so far it seems to be working. You just need a few basic tools and a drill with a philips head screwdriver attachment to drive in the four self taping screws that hold the legs on. Overall i would say this composter is a good product and a good investment for your garden.

Good product – assembly hints below. After reading some of the reviews i thought this would be a good product. I have just finished assembling it want to let others know what i thought. Most of the previous previews were true to my experience. The product is well designed and the bin should last a long time, but as others have mentioned i think some of the part are going to be prone to rusting. I live in a coastal climate so rust is a given, i am going to coat the legs with rustolium and spray on rubber. During the assembly i found the instructions to right on the money. However the instructions we lacking more detailed information. If you are not a diy’r – not handy with tools then i think you might have some problems. Although the instruction were correct, they seemed like they were written for people who could figure it out on their own.

Interesting concept but ground models work better. Definitely needed help assembling this. Holes drilled in center crossbar are in the wrong place, so it doesn’t fit the brake mechanism to lock from rotating. That’s not a big problem, but a strange manufacturer goof. After a few months, maintaining a 2/3 full load, some of the panel seams are stretching and gaps are opening. It also has to be in direct sun all the time to stay warm enough to cook inside. Ground level models are better at retaining heat. I won’t buy this style again. The tumble action comes at the price of slower decomposition. Here are the specifications for the Lifetime 60076 50 Gallon Compost Tumbler:

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  • Load with Lawn and Garden Trimmings and Organic Waste
  • Rotates Easily, Saving the Time and Effort of Turning a Compost Heap
  • Microorganisms Break Down Moist, Well-Aerated Organic Materials
  • End Result is a Useful and Inexpensive Organic Soil Conditioner and Fertilizer
  • Extra large removable lid; makes it easy to load lawn and garden trimmings
  • Constructed of UV-Protected High Density Polyethylene for superior strength and durability; Backed by a 5-year limited manufacturer warranty
  • Extra large removable lid allows for easy loading and latches shut to keep rodents out and compost in
  • Internal aeration bar mixes compost and allows air flow
  • Aesthetically pleasing- no more looking at messy compost heaps
  • Ingenious tumbler design turns on axis for easy and balanced rotation

Assembly directions were clear through about 1/2 the manual. Then took a dive into ‘assemble as shown’ nomenclature. The center aeration tube is approximately 2′ longer than needed making the locking bolt nonusable. The plastic spacers on each side of the unit between the unit sides and the supporting structure must serve some sort of purpose, but what it is eludes me. . Bolts to attach it to the tumbler are not included thus making them useless as to serve as part of a locking mechanism. I have chosen to not disassemble the unit to cut off the ends of the aeration tube and will not use a locking system while using the unit. I purchased the lifetime double tumbler for a friend and his locking system appears to work well.

Great finished product but a challenge to assemble. I have to admit, i love putting things together, and i love gettingthings that ‘require assembly’. I’ve put together many items over theyears, usually furniture, and i’ve encountered a whole gamut of issues from missing ordamaged parts, poorly written instructions that sound like someone from mars wrote them,parts included that don’t belong to the item ordered, and so forth. This compost tumbler earns my highest grade for having the best-organized set of parts i have ever seen,and the instructions were all in pictures, so no words that made you scratch yourhead trying to figure out what was meant.The only real challenge was physically getting some of the partstogether — i don’t have much hand strength, and getting the panels mated with the edgerails was definitely a challenge. A judiciously applied rubber mallet helped a lot. Of course, i did assemble it alone when the instructions recommend two adults, but i prefer to assemble things alone. The end result is worth the aggro, though: i love this compost tumbler.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • The door latch is garbage though. I wanted to wait a few months
  • Better sized composter
  • exactly what I’d hoped it would be

Awesome so far, hard to assemble. . We bought this one because our old one was on the ground and easy for mice to get into. This composter solves that problem. Easy to use and easy to turn the material. We haven’t had it long so hard to say what the long term results will be. I will say one negative: it was not easy to put together. That said, i did manage to get it together by myself (says you need two people) and it is working just fine. Only took three hours to assemble.

Great product no complaints. I agree with the other positive reviews here. This is a well-designed piece of equipment and the parts are very well organized and identified. This is no book case or entertainment center with a few push-in cleats and some shelves. There are a lot of parts to assemble, but the way it goes together is really well thought out and very clever. Don’t let the ‘i could barely get this thing together’ crowd worry you (unless you can identify with that). You do need to pay attention to the details of the drawings, but every piece of information you need is there. Many parts look similar, but they all have distinguishing features that are illustrated in each step, so if you can follow instructions carefully and in order, you should have no trouble. The rubber mallet for the panel connectors is a nice idea (and listed in the assembly instructions by the way) i will also second the ‘make sure you can get it out the door’ before assembling it inside. That tip saved me some disassembly.

Holds alot of veggie scraps. . Assembly, as described by others is certainly doable but highly recommend a rubber mallet. I used a real hammer and broke one of the corners that is nicely duct-taped now. We have had one experience of rotating only to have the door open up and prematurely discharge contents onto the ground. Handle clearly wasn’t effectively shut, so simply be aware that user error can occur. Door handle must be firmly turned back to closed position, no automatic closure mechanism here.

Exactly what i’d hoped it would be. This tumbler turned out to be perfect for what we needed. The size is just right for our smaller garden and greenhouse with a medium size yard. It did take both myself and my husband to put this together. All the parts were easy to assemble but a second set of hands helped immensely. My first batch of compost is not quite done (since i keep adding to it) but it is obviously getting there. Nice and warm inside the barrel, no smell, and partial decomposition already. My only hint to new owners is to pay attention which side you put the locking mechanism on. The holes determine where the barrel locks into place and i wanted the door to be able to be up top when adding more compost. Originally i had the lock on one side (my right) but it couldn’t lock where i wanted so we moved it to the other side (my left) and it worked out great.

I am enjoying this product very much. It’s a pain in the butt to put together, but i did find the directions helpful, and all the parts are well marked. If you still have issues with assembly, search on you tube because i found a video that walks you through the install. I like this product because it is off the ground, it’s got a huge opening to put stuff in and then later to pull compost out. The shape of the tumbler makes it easy to turn even when full of stuff.

It looked like it was dropped out of a plane from 5000. The packaging was mangled, it looked like it was dropped out of a plane from 5000 feet but everything was there and in new shape. I assembled the composter in four hours and twenty minutes alone and taking my time. I did watch part of a u tube video but all he was doing was following the directions and assembling it in a normal way. One thing that i did was to take dish washing liquid and a small foam paintbrush and brushed a little on the panel tracks where the connectors slid on and they went on easily. Before i started filling the composter i cut a piece of heavy duty plastic bag and taped it over the locking mechanism to help to keep it from rusting and keep dirt out of the moving parts and so far it seems to be working. You just need a few basic tools and a drill with a philips head screwdriver attachment to drive in the four self taping screws that hold the legs on. Overall i would say this composter is a good product and a good investment for your garden.

Not entirely happy with this product. Not entirely happy with this product. I really researched quite a bit to find one with good ratings, not too big, was easy for a woman to spin and was sturdy. I thought this was it, but, it was a pain in the a$$ to assemble (took me 5 hours which i will never get back) and its rickety. If the door and closure last the summer i will be surprised.

Assembly directions were clear through about 1/2 the manual. Then took a dive into ‘assemble as shown’ nomenclature. The center aeration tube is approximately 2′ longer than needed making the locking bolt nonusable. The plastic spacers on each side of the unit between the unit sides and the supporting structure must serve some sort of purpose, but what it is eludes me. . Bolts to attach it to the tumbler are not included thus making them useless as to serve as part of a locking mechanism. I have chosen to not disassemble the unit to cut off the ends of the aeration tube and will not use a locking system while using the unit. I purchased the lifetime double tumbler for a friend and his locking system appears to work well.

Nice looking & good quality but horror to assemble. . After researching tumbler composters for some time we choose this model and received it the week of 7/27/15. After about 2 days and a total of 3 hours we finally got it fully assembled and ready to use. I think this one looks more attractive in the yard and seems quality made. However, the assembly process was a nightmare. This company should be embarrassed to sell something that requires so much assembly and numerous parts to put together. They could ship it with the door lock mechanism attached to the door. They could ship it with pre-drilled holes in the legs so we didn’t have to drill thru metal to attache the chrome legs to the black legs. They did have all the parts in the box and everything was labeled well corresponding to the manual but still it was a bit much. Well, the worst is over and now it’s in the yard in a mostly sunny spot so hopefully it will work well.

The only con to this is its a bit of a pain to empty but that seems to be the case with most composter’s i or others i know have had. It offers a great amount of space and spins fairly well and has a nice locking feature for the lid (so kids can’t easily get into it) and for spinning (it will not spin unless you unlock it).

I got it put together by myself. I do not set this with a lot of experience in setting these type of things up. I am able to follow an instruction manuals, so the job got done. 5hours to get done by myself with no help. I made a few mistakes so that is why it took another half hour. Once together, this thing looked really good. I am excited to see how it holds. One concern i have his how loose some of the joints are set to be. Maybe there is a purpose to it.

Mixed problems with this composter. I love the theory and look of this composter. There are some problems however. First, it is not easy to assemble. Not impossible by any means but by no means quick or easy. Takes a lot of tools and patience. The rounded pieces to not set on surfaces easily and connecting bars are a real struggle to assemble. The self-threading screws were difficult. On the positive side the directions were, for the most part, beautifully done. Other problems include the rounded sides means that when it rains the bottom retains water.

Happy with the final product but found the assembly process. Happy with the final product but found the assembly process to be quite overwhelming, it took 2 of us 5 hours to put it together, a full day project. But very happy with the product now that it is done.

Good product; difficult journey to my home. After a bit of fumbling on the shipping part of the equation (no fault of amazon’s and probably not the vendor either), i got my tumbler and have it about half full with a good mix of greens and browns and it’s cooking away and smelling more like dirt and less like table scraps daily. The package was initially sent to the wrong address, so it showed as delivered on amazon and i didn’t have it. I called the shipper and they told me what had happened and said it had already been picked up again and was on its way to me. It still managed to take several more days to make it back to me, so it arrived a total of 5 days past the date i should have received it. The package was shipped in the original box for the product, without a shipping box. Normally, i would say go for it, when you can. Unfortunately, in this case, something poked through the packaging during the tumbler’s difficult trip to my door and one packet of parts must have fallen out. When we got it, we opened it up and reviewed all the parts, only to find that a few were missing. I called lifetime, using the customer service number on the instructions, and they had me give them the part numbers and promised to mail the parts.

Great device, a bit of a challenge to assemble. The only reason it isn’t a 5-star review is the difficulty of the assembly process. The parts are a snug fit which is probably a good thing in the end but made for some bumps and bruises on my end in putting it together. I also wish the instructions were clearer; i eventually figured them out but it was a challenge. I’ve been using it about 3 weeks now and i really enjoy how well it works. I currently live in a ground-level apartment and wanted a way to compost my vegetable scraps, but didn’t want to draw too many insects and bugs to the building. I decided that this unit, since it is elevated on legs, would be best-suited to my needs. Its capacity has proven nice as well: i’ve been loading it as fast as can with vegetable waste from my cooking (it’s just me in the apartment) and fallen leaves and maybe will start adding shredded, un-dyed paper scrap once i run out of leaves but it has loads and loads of room left. It also spins well, despite the weight of the load inside. I do want to warn other buyers to be aware of the closure mechanism – only one position of the handle will close the lid (i’ve spilled the contents on the ground accidentally once by ignoring that fact).

Happy with the final product but found the assembly process. Happy with the final product but found the assembly process to be quite overwhelming, it took 2 of us 5 hours to put it together, a full day project. But very happy with the product now that it is done.